After helping the Dallas Cowboys navigate a running back-less draft last weekend, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones declared this week that the team was happy with what they had at the position. Apparently, the NFL’s all-time leading rusher feels the same way.
Emmitt Smith, who saw the departed DeMarco Murray break his single-season franchise rushing record last year, is almost surprisingly confident in the newly arrived Darren McFadden and believes the presence of Joseph Randle gives the team a very capable backfield tandem. Smith gave the group his vote of confidence in an interview with 105.3 FM The Fan this week.
“Darren McFadden, that is a running back you have to respect. You have to remember he played out in Oakland. Oakland doesn’t have what the Cowboys have,” Smith said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Having an offensive line, and a quarterback like Tony Romo, and some receivers, and a system that makes some doggone sense, he can become a better running back in this system.
“And [with backup running back Joseph] Randle, you can have a nice one-two punch. The one thing with McFadden, if he gets some of those running lanes that I saw DeMarco have last year, and it’s on--he can take it to the house.”
Jones has said the team won’t dismiss the possibility of adding another back at some point, but made very clear that as of now, they’re content to go into the season with McFadden, Randle, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams.